According to the urban dictionary, the pout is a facial expression used mostly by female and little kids but also men to try get whatever they want; done by puffin one lip over the other into a frown.

This definition helps to easily identify the active word in terms of the purpose of pouting – which is to get what one wants. If we had put this at the desk of kids alone, we would be hinting at throwing tantrums (albeit passively), but apparently, older beings too are allowed to use it to their benefit.

In this era of selfies however, a new line of meaning has been added as seen on  Google dictionary – “push one’s lips or one’s bottom lip forward as an expression of petulant annoyance or in order to make oneself look sexually attractive”. Communication we know is about sharing language symbols that is understood by all parties in the discourse.

Recently, there seems to be a growing inclusion of skewed up faces (mouth) in photos – official group pictures are not left out- but it is becoming clear that many engage in them for the FAD that they represent and not for the message that a photo leaves.

Honestly, in the number of photos that were studied – which served as impetus to write this, the pout seemed to be a product of trying to communicate “we are having so much fun” or “we are happy to be here”; But going by the definition of what the pout is; most of the photos are actually saying “can we take this picture and get it over with?” or probably “see for yourself; we are damn sexy

Every movement and part of the human body transmits different form of communicative gesture/message in their capacity, so it not out of place that our face making in selfies and group photos are saying something (probably not intended) to viewers.

No! The pout isn’t a bad posture altogether but before they are used, we must be sure resultant message in the expression is something we want in our album at all or even if want the pout as our selfie signature. Whatever decision we come to (to pout or not to pout) in our personal photos, we must strictly live by a ‘No Pouting Rule’ in official portraits, official group photographs and probably within the four walls of the office – this may sound extreme but the idea of the pout suggests a less than mature behavior which if captured in a lasting material like a printed photo can send the wrong message to your employers or co-workers.

So let’s make pouting a private practice and not for official use!



As written by Esohe Ebikienmo Eboigbe

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